At least 13 members of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement have been killed in clashes with al-Qaeda terrorists in the Yemeni province of al-Bayda, media reports say.
According to Yemen’s Barakish.net, in one of the deadly incidents that took place in the district of De Na’am in the provincial capital of al-Bayda, the al-Qaeda terrorists targeted the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, killing six of them.
The report further noted that a number of Houthi fighters sustained injuries in the attack.
Local sources also reported that clashes erupted between the Houthi fighters and al-Qaeda terrorists in some other areas in the city.
According to Anadolu Agency, at least seven other Houthi fighters lost their lives in clashes with the al-Qaeda linked terrorists in the villages in the Rada’ District of the al-Bayda’ Province.
The Houthi Ansarullah movement dissolved the Yemeni parliament last month and announced a constitutional declaration on the Transitional National Council.
The constitutional declaration said the council will be set up to elect the presidential council in a bid to end the country’s persisting political deadlock.
This is while Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi (pictured below), who resigned last month along with his cabinet, fled his home in the capital Sana’a on February 21 while under effective house arrest, and went to Aden, Yemen’s second largest city, where he officially withdrew his resignation and claimed intentions to resume his duties.
The US-backed president also called on the Ansarullah revolutionaries to relinquish power and leave Sana’a.
Houthis, however, insisted that Hadi had lost his legitimacy as head of state and was being sought as a fugitive from justice.
The Houthi movement was instrumental in the 2011 popular uprising that forced dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to quit after 33 years in power.